It's all in the details
Dunedin Just what is a compatible project? A book has the answers.
By TAMARA EL-KHOURY, Times Staff Writer
Published August 29, 2007
The word is so vague, so open to interpretation that a developer sued the city of Dunedin after his site plan was denied last year because city officials deemed the project "incompatible" - even though it met most city codes.
So now the Dunedin City Commission is taking steps to avoid future headaches. In a never-ending quest to preserve the city's quaintness, it asked Cooper Johnson Smith Architects and Town Planners to create a book to show developers the types of buildings that are in keeping with Dunedin's distinctive character.
Compatible can mean French Colonial, Anglo-Carribean, Coastal Vernacular or Mediterranean Revival. In case that isn't specific enough, the colorful book contains lots of helpful details.
-An upward-sloping roof.
-First-floor walls are covered with stucco. Upper floors are wood frame, with siding.
-A hybrid of Spanish and British architecture found in the Caribbean and St. Augustine.
-Deep porches on the first and second stories.
-High ceilings, French doors and big, tall windows on the first floor.
-Brick or stuccoed walls.
-Preferred for mixed-use or commercial development in downtown Dunedin.
-Spanish and Italian-influenced. The Fenway Hotel is an example
-Arched openings, many balconies and courtyards.
-Made of rough stucco, with clay tile roofs.
-Decorative columns and door areas.
-Deep, broad, simple porches with thin wood columns.
-Made of wood: wood frame, shingles and sidings.
-Windows and doors are symmetrical.